Business Flourishes in Canyon This Weekend

Homecoming weekend is one of the most financially successful times for the City of Canyon.

Between 15 and 20 thousand people are expected to attend the events happening with West Texas A and M University's homecoming weekend and Canyon's "Fair on the Square."

One hundred and twenty venders will be selling their wares, the most the city has ever had.

Because of the size of the crowds local business owners tell me they have been preparing long in advance.

Connie Kesler, Owner of the Rock 'n Roll Soda Shop says, "It's just non-stop from 9 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon. We have to lock the door. So I have no idea how many, I never leave the cash register. I'm taking orders all day. I have alot of friends who come in and help me. I couldn't do it without them."

And even with preparation Kesler says because the event grows each year she continues to run out of supplies.

"I have to buy more ice cream, more cups, and we usually run out of ice and I have a big ice machine so that's probably the biggest problem we have is ice."

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cheryl Malcolm says, "This is a big shopping day for Canyon. I know many people that come here to exclusively Christmas shop and vendors just really capitalize on that."

The festivities get started tonight at 9:30 with a Homecoming bonfire on the WT campus.

Visitors are expected to come from as far as Wichita Falls, Portales, and Guymon.